Posted December 10th, 2008, 01:49 AM
Last edited by Ela 2; December 10th, 2008 at 01:50 AM
We are heading out on the Dawn Princess from Sydney on 18/12/08. Princess lines have told me that we can exchange AUD for CPF (pacific francs) at the pursers desk, but could not tell me how much they charge or what their exchange rates are.
Does anyone have experience with this as we are wondering if it might be less expensive to exchange some money before we sail.
As you can guess we are first time cruisers and this is all new to us.
For your visit to Noumea you need to consider what you want to do. You can buy a sightseeing trip in the cruise terminal on the dock for A$20, and you do not need francs. If you want to buy a day pass on the Explorer Bus and/or go to the aquarium or cultural centre, you will need francs. Allow 1,000xpf each for the bus, and the same for each entry ticket. Taxis only take francs.
I think you are going to Lifou. You will not need francs there. The locals sell a short sightseeing trip and take AUD. You do not need vatu for Vila as AUD is accepted by the taxi drivers, markets and shops.
It is a bit cheaper to buy currency before you go, but with the bank you will pay a flat fee for each currency (usually $8). If you buy currency on board the ship, the rate is not as good, but there is no additional fee. If you get money from an ATM or use your credit card there will probably be a foreign exchange fee. With ANZ it is 3%.
Hope this helps.